The following is the general order issued immediately after the receipt of the telegram from the Secretary of the Navy, in answer to that of Flag-officer Foote:
General order, no. 7.U. S. Flag-Steamer Benton, Island No.10. April 11, 1862.
It is with the highest gratification that the Commander-in-Chief promulgates to the officers and men under his command, comprising the gun and mortar-boats, ordnance-boats, tugs, transports, and others, as well as to General Buford, and oFlag-officer. Commanding Naval Forces, Western Waters off Fort Pillow, April 22, 1862.
Engagement of the Carondelet and Pittsburg with the enemy in the vicinity of New Madrid, April 6th, 1862.
U. S. Flag Steamer Benton, Island No.10, April 11, 1862.
Sir:--I have the honor to enclose a report from Commander Walke, of the gun-boat Carondelet, detailing the services rendered by him, and the Pittsburg, Lieutenant-Commander Thompson, in the vicinity of New Madrid; from which it will be se